Telstra Ventures is a strategic growth investor in lighthouse technology companies that are commencing scale. We provide venture capital investment via a “Strategic Growth Investment” approach. This approach offers entrepreneurs access to genuine revenue growth beyond the investment itself and shortens the time to reach global scale. We support this growth through investment capital and leadership. Our heritage combined with our association with Telstra and its capabilities help accelerate growth for the entrepreneurs in our portfolio.
In almost a decade we have invested over $250 million in over 60 companies, generated more than $150+ million in revenue for our portfolio companies and managed 15 liquidity events.
We are backed by our strategic investors Telstra, one of the 20 largest telecommunications providers globally and HarbourVest, one of the world’s largest private equity funds.
Within our portfolio we have the following classic focus areas:
- Cloud: Data, SAAS & Infrastructure
- Security: Behavioural analytics & Next-generation security models
- Network: 5G, SDN & IoT
- Consumer: Marketplaces, DTC & Sports
- Media: Blend Broadcast and IP & Data & Efficacy
- Mobile: Consumer & Mobile Apps
We are also interested in the following emerging focus areas: TranspoTech, Data-aaS, Wildcard, OpenSource, Gaming and Creative Platforms.
Our own experience as a Telstra Ventures portfolio company has proven the Strategic Venture Capital model to be a very capital efficient way to build our brand and scale our revenues.
A large percentage of what CrowdStrike provides we use in some way, shape or form.
Telstra Ventures has accelerated introductions to customers in markets we’re only just starting to explore, like China
Telstra Ventures has been incredibly supportive of the business over the last 6 years, helping us connect with world-class investors which have joined our register. They are engaged and always willing to help.
We appreciate Telstra Ventures’ relationship with us. They are very entrepreneur friendly and willing to find the best path together with their experiences and networks. They are savvy in enterprise business and technology, a true Venture Capital in China.
Telstra Ventures is one of the most professional and committed venture investors in China that comes with deep understanding on local practices. Moreover, they have dedicated international resources to develop our business together!
Partnering with Telstra Ventures early on provided NGINX the support we needed to grow our business. Their dedication has been an important factor of our global footprint.
Telstra Ventures was instrumental in helping Elastica better understand the needs of Australian enterprises and establish a strategic reseller partnership with Telstra.
Partnering with Telstra Ventures was incredibly instrumental for our international expansion, especially as we launched in Australia. They’ve been an amazing group to work with and I highly recommend them when looking for strategic growth support.
Access to Talent & Capital
We actively source and place Board and Executive positions for our portfolio companies through our network of relationships with founders, CxOs, Board Members, and Executive Search professionals. Additionally, through our extensive networks in VC and corporate partners we actively access, source and place capital with our portfolio companies. Our portfolio companies also benefit from our governance, and ability to get executive sponsorship at the most senior levels of the Global 2000 corporate’s to ensure the adoption of new technologies.
Grow with our Strategic Platform
Our association with Telstra and our partner ecosystem provides our companies a “Strategic Platform” for growth. This enables our portfolio companies to build revenue bearing commercial relationships and investment connections across Australia, New Zealand, China, Asia and Europe. Tapping into this ecosystem also allows access to large IT buyers via Telstra, its customers, our partners and our portfolio of investees.
We also provide our portfolio partners premium access to Telstra’s annual business expo ‘Vantage’ which attracts over 6000 invite-only attendees.
Telstra Ventures, Panel Discussion, Telstra Vantage October 2018
Michelle Zhou, Near, Telstra Vantage October 2018
Brad Parsons, MOVUS, Telstra Vantage October 2018